Dining Day Trips

These restaurants and eight others are the hidden gems of 417-land’s dining scene, and they’re located all over our corner of the state.

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The German Eatery: Altenhof Inn

680 Jakes Creek Trail, Branson, MO; 417-338-5091
Altenhof  german food in Branson, MO

Gertraude Santo says her restaurant offers Branson diners one of the city’s best views of Table Rock Lake. “If you don’t like my food, you’ll like my view, guaranteed,” Santo jokes. But chances are, you’ll probably enjoy both. A hidden gem of sorts, the eatery is located in a mixed-use building (which also features living quarters), and it features a large deck with a breathtaking view of Table Rock Lake. The menu offers everything from German specialty dinners, such as wiener schnitzel and bratwurst, to pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. “But I don’t make hamburgers,” Santo says. “I make specialty burgers.” These specialty burgers include a Bavarian burger topped with sauerkraut, sautéed onions, mushrooms and Swiss.

Santo moved to the United States from Germany in 1966 when she was 23. She has been running the Altenhof Inn since 1998. She loves pleasing her customers, who are always invited to sign the restaurant’s guestbook before they leave. And if she isn’t too busy, she’ll also give them a hug before they go.

What I Ordered
I had the wiener schnitzel dinner with vegetables and German potato salad ($17.95). The star of the meal is the veal cutlet, which is hand-breaded with a slightly buttery coating. It was so tender that I cut it with my fork. The potato salad is heavy on the dill, which makes it just as refreshing as it is filling. I tried it warm (it is served warm or cold in Germany), and I recommend you do too. “In the summer, our busiest season, I can make anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds of potato salad daily,” Santo says.

Photo by Kevin O'Riley

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